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to women. the new pentagon policy makes women eligible to serve in army and marine infantry units. there's also the potential for them to be a part of an elite special operations team like the navy s.e.a.l.s and delta force. >> she went on special missions working side by side with special forces. >> it was pretty cool. >> but in order to join women must be able to withstand the rigid strength and standard requirements with those units. >> there are jobs women can't do physically because they don't have the physical strength to do it. >> the pentagon is opening the >> by lifting the combat ban execution, the pentagon is opening its door to more women being killed or wounded in action. conflicts have cost more than 130 women their lives and more than 800 have been wounded. dawn halfacre lost her arm fighting alongside an infantry unit. >> there's not a big difference at all. and a lot of the missions we did we did with infantry units, we would do with shelled artillery units. we were all fighting the same thing, doing the same thing. >> this is the executive direc
defense secretary leon panetta will make a historic change for the united states military. the pentagon will lift the ban on women. more than a quarter of a million, 280,000 women, have served in iraq, afghanistan, or neighboring countries in support of those two wars. susan mcginnis is in washington with more. good morning, susan. >> good morning, anne-marie. today's announcement overturns a 1994 ban on women serving in battlefront operations and it opens up about 230,000 military jobs that until now were closed to women. the new pentagon policy makes women eligible to serve in army and marine infantry units. there's also the potential for them to be part of an elite operations team like the navy s.e.a.l.s and other forces. >> working side by side with special forces teams with pretty cool. >> but in order to join women must be able to withstand the rigid strength requirements with those units. >> there are jobs women can't do physically because they don't have the physical strength to do it. >> the pentagon is opening the door to more women being killed or wounded in action. conflicts
york with that and more. ash, good morning. >>> and good morning to you, terrell. well, the united states could be on the verge of another credit rating downgrainge. rating firm fitch warns that the united states could lose its top credit ceiling if the debt ceiling is not raised. timothy geithner has warned congress they'll reach that limit as early as next month. >>> asian markets plummetled ahead of key economic data. it plummeted more than 2.5% while hong kong's hang sang lost a fraction. >>> stocks ended mixed on wall street over the uncertainty of the nation's debt limit. the dow finished the day up more than 27 points while the nasdaq fell nearly 7 points. >>> shoppers spent more this holiday season than last but not as much as experts predicted. sales rose 3%, falling short of the national retail federation's forecast of 4.1%. many stores heavily marked down merchandise in the final shopping days to lure in shoppers who held back on spending. still, retailers hauled $580 million in november and december. >>> walmart says it will buy u.s.-made goods over th
, protect, and defend -- >> the constitution of the united states -- >> the constitution of the united states. >> so help you god? >> so help me god. >> congratulations, mr. president. [ cheers ] >> reporter: president obama's left hand was on two bibles, one belonging to abraham lincoln, the other to martin luther king jr. following his inaugural address and a signing ceremony in the capitol, the president and vice president paid tribute to dr. king a second time, pausing at a bust of the slain civil rights leader in the rotunda. during the procession down pennsylvania avenue, the president and first lady walked part of the way and later took their place in the reviewing stand as the inaugural parade began. ♪ >> reporter: and the party continued into the night. ♪ he's president and he's on fire ♪ >> reporter: michelle obama wowed the audiences at two inaugural balls in a ruby chiffon and velvet gown by jason wu. but the celebration was not as grand as 2009 which saw the president and first lady attend ten balls. >> now that the parties are over the work o
airport last night. officials say united express flight from rochester blew out four tires when it landed and skidded on the taxi way. 13 people were on board and were bussed to the terminal. no one was injured. >>> japanese officials say today they're going to investigate the company that makes the batteries for the boeing's dreamliner. u.s. will join in that probe. u.s. investigators said yesterday a battery fire on a japan airlines 787 on january 7th was not caused by excess voltage. dreamliners were grounded around the world last week after problems with their batterers. >>> and at president obama's inauguration today security will be extremely tight. 42 different agencies will be working together, not only watching for threats and emergencies but also monitoring traffic accidents and water main breaks. john miller reports. >> during president obama's first inauguration there was a threat taken so seriously that counterterrorist agents seemed to be everywhere in the area. people were taken into custody and taken lie detector tests. in the end the tip turned
contact with algerian authorities. >> by all indications, this is a terrorist act, and the united states strongly condemns these kinds of terrorist acts. >> the terrorist group called the mass brigade is reportedly under the command of this man. he goes by an arabic nickname meaning one-eyed man and is known to have ties to al qaeda. the obama administration says it is not releasing the names of the american hostages for their own security. >> i'm not going to get into any further details as we continue to work on this issue with the algerian authorities. >> the militants say they took over the gas plant in retaliation for the air strikes in mali. with u.s. support the french started bombing last week to keep islamist group from taking over the country. the terrorists say they will not release any hostages until france calls off the militant operations. the workers from the complex are from several countries. leaders of those nations are working with the algerian military which says they have the militants surrounded with no way to escape. now, u.s. official
cq. >>> last year was the >>> last year was the hottest year ever in the united states. the government meteorologists say the average temperature was 55.3 degrees, a full degree warmer than the previous record set in 1998. scientists say records are normally broken by a tenth of a degree, so jumping an entire degree is unprecedented. >>> the widespread drought which is affecting almost two thirds of the nation in an almost nonexistent winter caused the temperatures to go up last year. forecasters say rain is expects. up to four inches are expected to fall in parts of texas. a flash flood warning has been issued for the dallas-ft. worth area. it is blistering hot in australia with the mercury topping out at 104 degrees. the heat is fueling more than 140 wildfires across the country. more than 120 homes have been destroyed, and more than 320,000 acres burned since tuesday. hundreds of people have been evacuated. so far no deaths have been reported but around 100 people are missing. >>> "cbs moneywatch" time on this wednesday. the earning season ge
across the midwest and southeastern united states, and within those, we have a couple dozen reports of tornadoes where we had a damaging tornado particularly in northern georgia during the day on wednesday. but the good news is the bad weather has moved out and the cooler and dryer weather is moving in today. 50 for a high in atlanta. we're expecting 60 in new orleans as we prepare for the super bowl. in the northeast we're going to see temperatures generally in the 40s and 50s but turning colder by this evening. lake-effect snow through cleveland, buffalo, toronto. snow showers around pittsburgh and a high of 29 as well. and look at the cold in the midwest. only 15 today for chicago. minneapolis, a high of 4. pretty quiet in the west with a little bit of rain in seattle where today we're expecting high temperatures around 49 degrees. i'm david bernard for cbs news miami. >>> well this morning police in alabama are still negotiating with a gunman who has taken a 5-year-old boy hostage. officials say they have no reason to believe the boy is injured. the gunman
and southeastern united states and within those we have a couple dozen reports of tornadoes where we had a damaging tornado particularly in northern georgia during the day on wednesday. but the good news is the bad weather has moved out and the cooler and dryer is moving in today. we're expecting 60 in new orleans as we prepare for the super bo super bowl. in the northeast we're going to see temperatures in the 40s and 50s but turning colder by this evening. temperatures. snow showers around pittsburgh and a high of 29 as well. and look at the cold in the midwest. only 15 today for chicago. minneapolis, a high of 4. pretty quiet in the west with rain in seattle and a high of 49 degrees. i'm david bernard for cbs news miami. >>> this morning police in alabama are still negotiating with a gunman who has taken a 5-year-old boy hostage. officials believe they have no reason to believe he's injured. the boy is holed up with the man in a bunker. the standoff began tuesday when the man boarded the school bus and demanded that the bus driver hand over two children. he refused and he shot and killed him and
in the united states. >> first of all americans support it in poll after poll. secondly latino voters expect it. third, the democrats want it, and fourth, republicans need it. >> there is one senator in this bipartisan working group who's seen as critical to getting deal through both chambers of congress. >> i do like the thinks marco rubio is laying out. >> he's a tea party favorite and potential presidential candidate in 2016. many here say he's a key to getting conservatives to support the bill. >> i support and agree with the principles he laid out about earned legalization. making sure we can fix this problem. >> and then there's the political calculus. some republicans say they need this bill to win over hispanic voters. >> i'll given you a little straight talk. look at the last election. look at the last election. we are losing dramatic will i the hispanic vote which we think should be ours for a variety of reasons, and we've got to understand that. >> hispanics supported president obama over mitt romney with more than 70% of the vote. this plan could face a tougher time in the house whi
nebraska. >> it doesn't matter if you're in the united states senate or if you have a job anywhere else. you work on relationships by knowing the people that you're with, what their interesting are. >> reporter: it's a big shift from the first women senators, patty caraway in 1931 and margaret kay smith in 1949 who had to go it alone. >> reporter: how long do you think it will take to get to 50 senators? >> i think we'll be able do this in less than 15 years. we're accepted, we know how to raise money, we know how to raise hell, we know how to organize everything from grassroots all the way up. >> reporter: mull cull ski just became chair of the committee. over the house of representatives the number of women dipped two years ago but as of thursday's swearing in, it's back up to 78, the all-time high. nancy cordes, cbs news on capitol hill. >>> president obama continues his vacation in honolulu, hawaii, today. sounds good, huh? he resumes his trip after it was interrupted to return to washington for fiscal cliff talks. yesterday mr. obama took his daughters for shaved ice called island
seriously. allison harmalon was at the scene. >> reporter: a city pier looked like a mobile unite. >> it completely rocked me. people were like human projectiles fli s flying into t aisles. >> reporter: more than0 people were hurt. >> people were in pain, injured. >> reporter: she was standing up to get off when it crashed. >> i was standing there talking to a gentleman and the next thing i knew, i opened my eyes and i was on the floor six or ten feet away from where i was standing. >> reporter: passengers say the force of the impact knocked dozens of people off their feet and down stairs. >> and there were people all over the place. it was pretty scary. >> reporter: they say the high-speed catamaran ran into the dock at about 12 miles per hour. the ferry was carried more than 300 people from new jersey to this pier in lower manhattan during the morning rush. investigators are here to figure out what went wrong. new york police and firefighters are working with the coast guard and ntsb to get answers. >> our purpose right now is to gather the perishable evidence, the information t
. >> for free black people in the 19th century in the united states, photography proved to be a very powerful and important way of representing themselves as americans, as intellectuals, as artists. >> reporter: a view of freedom put in focus by a lens. michelle miller, cbs news, new york. >>> coming up after your local news on "cbs this morning," the latest from capitol hill on narrowly averting the fiscal cliff. we'll hear from ohio republican representative steve latourette, plus an update on the oil drilling rig that ran aground in alaska, and we're joined by the ceo of weight watchers international. that is your "morning news" on this wednesday. i'm terrell brown. thank you, everybody. have a great day. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com i'm elizabeth wenger. frank i'm elizabeth wenger. frank and michelle are off this morning. time is 4- >> your realtime captioner: linda marie macdonald. >>> good morning. it is wednesday, january 2. i'm elizabeth wenger. frank and michelle are off this morning. time now 4:29. so it's just us. >> this year is just zooming by already. >> i can't believe
, germany, switzerland, west africa, all around the united states, switzerland, the amazon rain forest, and you know, like, the jungle healer medicine man >right >>>when they walk into the jungle, look at that plant, what's that for, what does that do for you. plants are not even in the food pyramid today. >> got fruits and vegetables, and you got fats, and meats, and dairy products, >> >>>but herbs are not on there. dinosaurs ate herbs, gorillas eat herbs, insect eat herbs, you know, deer, elk, and caribou, and moose eat herbs. these are powerful animals that, are sexually vigorous. androzene these natural food, it's completely safe, and it addresses the holistic system of the body. >> wanna pull back out is spontaneity. >>>um hum >>that is so important. i mean, for me, as a woman, >>>but, you know, here's the interesting thing, spontaneity is a big thing, and we no prescription erection pills are clumsy, in addition to the side effects of being nauseated, and sick to your stomach, and diarrhea, which aren't sexy, if you don't take that pill the right time it ain't happening, it ain't
a mobile triage unit after a ferry slammed into a dock. >> it completely rocked me. people were like human projectiles flying into the aisles. >> reporter: emergency crews rushed the injured onto stretchers. officials say more than 70 people were hurt. >> people were in pain people were bleeding from the head people were seriously injured. >> reporter: she was standing up to get off when it crashed. >> i was standing there talking to a gentleman and the next thing i knew, i opened my eyes and i was on the floor six or ten feet away from where i was standing. >> reporter: passengers say the force of the impact knocked dozens of people off their feet and down stairs. >> and there were people all over the place. it was pretty scary. >> reporter: the city's transportation commissioner says the high-speed catamaran ran into the dock at about 12 miles per hour. the ferry was carried more than 300 people from new jersey to this pier in lower manhattan during the morning rush. investigators are now here to figure out what went wrong. new york police and fire departmen
event. >>> the white house said the united states provided support to france during an attempted hostage mission in somalia. french commandos were trying to rescue a french native who had beeneld with an akai da group since 2009. the rescue mission began friday but french officials say it failed and that the hostage was killed along with one french commando. >>> the u.s. is reportedly also providing communications and transportation support for france's attacks on islamic rebels in the western african nation of mali. mali is a former french colony. akai da-linked rebel groups have taken over the northern part of the country and are advancing on the capital. france is striking the rebels from the air and is sending in ground troops. charlie d'agata has the report. >> reporter: french fighter jets bombarded islamic strongholds in mali and officials vowed there will be many more air strikes to come to protect its former colony. france has deployed more than 500 troops to the western african nation to stop al qaeda-linked militants from turning it into a safe h
of survivors, and we are a community that is united in our recovery. >> reporter: the gathering in the newly remodeled theater number 9 drew mixed responses from survivors and victims' families. >> dave hoover lost his 15-year-old nerve few a.j.boik. he said entering the theater was just too much for him. >> i try to think about what we have, not at what we lost. a.j. was a big part of our life. >> reporter: jan son young's boyfriend died dodged a bullet. she came back for him. >> i'm here to face my fears and come to comfort john to help memorialize him. >> reporter: security for the theater's reopening was tight. police kept onlookers and the media at a distance so survivors and family members could remember in private. aurora's mayor says he respects those who chose not to attend the reopening and welcomes those who did. >> my personal choice is to be here. i cannot allow the shooter in any way, shape, or form to win. >> reporter: the theater reopens to the public on friday. teresa garcia, cbs news, aurora, colorado. >>> at least one death is blamed on a snowstorm that
republicans and a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants now living in the united states. >> first of all americans support it in poll after poll. secondly latino voters expect it. third, the democrats want it, and fourth, republicans need it. >> there is one senator in this bipartisan working group who's seen as critical to getting a deal through both chambers of congress. >> i do like the thinks marco rubio is laying out. >> former senator marco rubio is a tea party favorite and a potential presidential candidate in 2016. many here say he's a key to getting conservatives to support the bill. >> i support and agree with the principles he laid out about earned legalization. making sure we can fix this problem. >> and then there's the political calculus. some republicans say they need this bill to win over hispanic voters. >> i'll given you a little straight talk. look at the last election. look at the last election. we are losing dramatically the hispanic vote which we think should be ours for a variety of reasons, and we've got to understand that
are threatening not to raise the debt limit. >> to even entertain the idea of this happening, of the united states of america not paying its bills, is irresponsible. it's absurd. >> reporter: republicans want drastic spending cuts in exchange for increasing the amount the government can borrow. but the president says he will not have the debt ceiling tied to the bills congress has already racked up. >> what i will not do is to have that negotiation with a gun at the head of the american people. >> reporter: the debt ceiling deadline is just one of three budget showdowns the white house and congress face in the coming months. house speaker john boehner said if laws do not tackle the debt and spending at the same time, it will cost americans jobs. in a statement, senate minority leader mitch mcconnell said "the president and his allies need to get serious about spending." danielle nottingham, cbs news, the white house. >>> military suicides have reached record levels. so bad that the secretary of defense calls it an epidemic. the pentagon says there were 349 suicides amon
into the northeastern corner of the united states. now here's our map for this afternoon, and, again, this front is going to bring a severe weather potential anywhere from the florida panhandle right through the atlanta area. that could mean some travel delays for the big airport there. if we follow the front to north, we're looking at flood watches for a good part of the northeast, strong to severe thunderstorms possible this evening and tonight as that front approaches the coastline. on the opposite side of that, we're looking at cold air spilling into the midwest. the rain we saw yesterday in chicago is going to end as a little bit of light snow with temperatures in the upper 30s. very cold in the plains with highs in the teens and 20s. out west it looks pretty quiet especially in southern california. not bad, l.a. 65. look for rain in the northwest. seattle and portland kind of dreary and temperatures in the 40s. i'm david bernard for cbs news, miami. >>> overseas now, a police inspector says penny pinching may have caused that deadly nightclub fire in brazil. at leas
and severe weather from the southeast extending into the northeastern corner of the united states. this front is going to bring severe weather potential from the panhandle to this area. if we follow the front to the north we're looking at flood watches for a good part of the northeast, strong to severe thunderstorms possible this evening and tonight as that front approaches the coastline. on the opposite side of that, we're looking at cold air spilling into the midwest. the rain we saw yesterday in chicago is going to end as a little bit of light snow with temperatures in the upper 30s. very cold in the plains with highs in the teens and 20s. out west it looks pretty quiet in southern california. l.a., not bad. look for rain in the northwest. seattle and portland kind of dreary and temperatures in the 40s. i'm david bernard for cbs news, miami. >>> overseas now, a police inspector says penny pinching may have caused that deadly nightclub fire in brazil. at least 234 people, mostly students, died in sunday morning's file. they say the band used cheap outdoor flare frgs their display instead of
are a community that is united in our recovery. >> reporter: the gathering in the newly remodeled theater number 9 drew mixed responses from survivors and victims' families. >> dave lost his 18-year-old nephew. he said entering the theater was just too much for him. >> i try to think about what we have, not at what we lost. >> reporter: jan son young's boyfriend died dodged a bullet. >> i'm here to face my fears and come to comfort john to help memorialize him. >> reporter: security was tight. police kept onlookers and the media at a distance so survivors and family members could remember in private. aurora's mayor said he respected those who chose to attend and welcomes those who did. >> my personal choice is to be here. i cannot allow the shooter in any way, shape, or form to win. >> reporter: the theater reopens to the public on friday. teresa garcia, cbs news, aurora, colorado. >>> at least one death is blamed on a snowstorm that barreled across the south. driving in tennessee and other states was difficult. thousands of people are without lek terroristic. accumulations are about 2 to 4 inches
to stay faithful to their techniques. now you have the whole unit, which you can move this way, can pivot that way and the whole thing will sit right there. we try to capture the essence, the spirit and the feel of the original. and partially it's made easier for us because we have a lot of originals. it's a lot easier when you've got a 16th century original to look at and as you can see there's a lot of similarities. the difference being i made this last week, and somebody made this in about 1570. wherever possible we will handle the original. for example, if we're going to put a new sword in our catalogue if possible i'll go to the museum where that sword is. what i want to be able to do is take the original and take ours and set them down side by side and not really be able to tell the difference. this is a suit of armor we're building for a private individual it's based on a german one from about 1510. if you add up every little element yeah, there's probably close to a hundred pieces of metal in an armor like this. this is definitely an artistic endeavor; it
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